Nightmare Castle (1965)
aka Amanti d’oltretomba
Genre: Gothic Horror
Country: Italy | Director: Mario Caiano
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 104mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×770 – 23.976fps – 3.50gb
Audio 2: Commentary with Actress Barbara Steele
and Horror historian David Del Valle
A sadistic count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Years later, the count remarries and the new wife experiences nightmares and hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody revenge, until their hearts are destroyed.
Nightmare Castle is an excellent Gothic thriller, full of mystery, atmosphere and chills. The stunning Barbara Steele, arguably the most beautiful Scream Queen of all, plays a duel role as an unfaithful wife, who is tortured and murdered by her scientist husband (Jess Franco regular Paul Muller), and the wife’s mentally fragile sister. Muller marries the sister in an attempt to keep his hands on his late wife’s fortune, needing the money to help finance his experiments. His new bride finds herself going through some increasingly strange experiences, which unbeknown to her seem to be caused by her dead sister’s attempts at revenge from beyond the grave. This is a first rate example of a melodramatic supernatural thriller. Steele and Muller are both excellent and well cast, and their performances added to the stylish black and white photography, and an above average Morricone score, make this is a real treat for fans of Italian horror and giallo.